Santa Fe Restaurants

Eating out is a major pastime in Santa Fe and it's well worth coming here with a mind to join in on the fun. Restaurants with high-profile chefs stand beside low-key joints, many offering unique and intriguing variations on regional and international cuisine. You'll find restaurants full of locals and tourists alike all over the
Eating out is a major pastime in Santa Fe and it's well worth coming here with a mind to join in on the fun. Restaurants with high-profile chefs stand beside low-key joints, many offering unique and intriguing variations on regional and international cuisine. You'll fin
Eating out is a major pastime in Santa Fe and it's well worth coming here with a mind to join in on the fun. Restaurants

Eating out is a major pastime in Santa Fe and it's well worth coming here with a mind to join in on the fun. Restaurants with high-profile chefs stand beside low-key joints, many offering unique and intriguing variations on regional and international cuisine. You'll find restaurants full of locals and tourists alike all over the Downtown and surrounding areas. Although Santa Fe does have some high-end restaurants where dinner for two can exceed $200, the city also has plenty of reasonably priced dining options.

Waits for tables are very common during the busy summer season, so it's a good idea to call ahead even when reservations aren't accepted, if only to get a sense of the waiting time. Reservations for dinner at the better restaurants are a must in summer and on weekends the rest of the year.

So-called Santa Fe–style cuisine has so many influences that the term has become virtually meaningless, especially with many of the city’s top eateries embracing a more international approach to cuisine, albeit all the while sourcing more and more from local farms and ranches. At many top spots in town, you’ll detect Latin American, Mediterranean, and East Asian influences. Yet plenty of traditional, old-style Santa Fe restaurants still serve authentic New Mexican fare, which combines both Native American and Hispanic traditions and is quite different from Americanized as well as regional Mexican cooking.

Santa Fe's culinary reputation continues to grow not just in terms of restaurants but also in businesses that produce or sell specialty foods and beverages, from fine chocolates and local honeys and jams to increasingly acclaimed New Mexico wines, beers, and spirits. Don't miss Santa Fe Farmers' Market, one of the best in the Southwest.

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  • 1. Cafe Pasqual's

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    A perennial favorite, this cheerful cubbyhole dishes up Nuevo Latino and occasional Asian specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The...Read More

  • 2. Harry's Roadhouse

    $ | South Side | Eclectic

    This busy, friendly, art-filled compound 6 miles southeast of Downtown consists of several inviting rooms, from a diner-style space with counter...Read More

  • 3. Inn of the Anasazi

    $$$$ | The Plaza | American

    The expert culinary team at this romantic, intimate 38-seat restaurant with hardwood floors, soft lighting, and Chaco Valley stone–inspired...Read More

  • 4. Tune-Up Cafe

    $ | West of the Plaza | American

    This cozy locals' favorite has colorful walls and wood details, booths, a few tables, and a community table. The shaded patio out front is a...Read More

  • 5. 35 North Coffee

    $ | The Plaza | Café

    There are plenty of spots near the Plaza for grabbing a latte, but this coffeehouse stands out for brewing exceptional house-roasted, single...Read More

  • 6. Atrisco Café & Bar

    $ | West of the Plaza | American

    Run by the family behind Tia Sophia's and Tomasita's, this first-rate, affordable New Mexican restaurant is in a cheerfully decorated space...Read More

  • 7. Chocolate Maven

    $ | South Side | Café

    Although the name of this cheery bakery suggests sweets, and it does sweets especially well, Chocolate Maven produces impressive savory breakfast...Read More

  • 8. Clafoutis

    $ | Old Santa Fe Trail and South Capitol | Café

    Undeniably French, this bustling café serves authentic, delicious food. Walk through the door of this bright, open space and you'll almost certainly...Read More

  • 9. Counter Culture

    $ | South Side | Café

    It's taken a few years for this low-key, slightly off-the-beaten-path café that's well regarded by locals to catch on with tourists, but Counter...Read More

  • 10. Dolina Bakery

    $ | West of the Plaza | Café

    Slovakian transplant Annamaria O’Brien opened this bustling bakery and brunch spot with whitewashed beamed ceilings, tile floors, and angular...Read More

  • 11. Horseman's Haven Cafe

    $ | South Side | American

    Tucked behind the Giant gas station, this no-frills diner-style restaurant close to the many chain hotels along lower Cerrillos Road has long...Read More

  • 12. Iconik Coffee Roasters

    $ | South Side | Café

    First and foremost a lively coffeehouse that turns out expertly prepared pour-overs, lattes, cold brews, and other delicious espresso drinks...Read More

  • 13. Luminaria

    $$$ | The Plaza | American

    The casually sophisticated restaurant at Santa Fe's Inn at Loretto is one of the most inviting dining spaces in town, comprising a contemporary...Read More

  • 14. Plaza Café

    $ | The Plaza | American

    Run with homespun care by the Razatos family since 1947, this café has been a fixture on the Plaza since 1905. The decor—red leather banquettes...Read More

  • 15. Santa Fe Bite

    $ | Old Santa Fe Trail and South Capitol | Burger

    John and Bonnie Eckre, the former owners of the legendary but now defunct Bobcat Bite burger joint, now serve their juicy green-chile cheeseburgers...Read More

  • 16. Sweet Lily Bakery

    $ | The Plaza | Bakery

    Feathery cakes and luscious pies, along with an impressive selection of gluten-free scones, cupcakes, and other sweet treats, are what this...Read More

  • 17. Tecolote Café

    $ | South Side | American

    The mantra at this celebrated bakery and breakfast joint is "no toast," and you won't miss it. Since 1980, the bellies of locals and tourists...Read More

  • 18. Terra

    $$$$ | North Side | American

    Among the many reasons guests of the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado often find it difficult to ever leave the gloriously situated property is...Read More

  • 19. Tesuque Village Market

    $$ | North Side | American

    Nestled in the heart of the artsy, country-chic village of Tesuque (just a 10-minute drive from the Plaza and a couple of miles from the opera...Read More

  • 20. The Pantry

    $ | South Side | American

    Since 1948, this beloved, family-owned greasy spoon with a familiar blue neon sign has been pleasing budget-minded locals and visitors with...Read More

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